Apartment in Old Town
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
A one-bedroom apartment on the top floor, with lift, in a pedestrianised street in the Old Town. The bedroom and living room open out onto a private and secluded south-facing balcony. A minutes walk from the apartment presents you with a boulangerie for your breakfast croissantes or baguettes. All around are numerous little shops, restaurants and cafes. The main fruit and flower market is two minutes walk. The Promenade and the beach is about three minutes walk and there is easy access to buses and trains to Antibes, Cannes, Monaco, Menton and beyond. Just up the hill from the apartment there are wonderful views of Nice and the Cote d'Azur and on the other side of the hill the Port with its fishing and pleasure boats. You can catch a ferry to Cannes, Iles de Lerins, St Tropez or to Corsica.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Nice 100 m|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nice Cote d'Azur 5 km, Nearest railway: Nice Gare 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment is on the fifth (top) floor of a recent building blending in with the traditional Nicoise style. It is very secure with a main door in from the street, then another locked door into the lift hall. We have refurbished the interior as our own home and it is well equipped for all year round occupation. It's the sort of place that you are happy to come back to after a day exploring and a place to spend time in if you prefer to relax or to eat-in. We have a high proportion of repeat visitors who prefer our apartment to others that they have tried.
|Further details outdoors|
Nice is an all year-round destination with a wealth of facilities for water sports, museums, art galleries, shops and simply relaxing at a pavement cafe watching the people go by. Matisse, Picasso, Cocteau, Chagall, Dufy and many other famous artists lived and worked on the Cote d'Azur as well as writers, philosophers and composers. The apartment is very near the Cours Saleya market selling fruit, flowers, spices, cheeses, patisseries with a bric-a-brac market on Mondays. It is a true cosmopolitan city which depends on and welcomes visitors, yet the Old Town is like a self-contained village.
Bookings are flexible with a minimum of three nights. Our housekeeper is Irish and is always at the end of phone to deal with any problems. We normally post the keys about a week before you go, alternatively she can meet you at the apartment for an additional charge.
The Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur region
Nice has only been part of France since 1860, previously administered from Turin, so there is still an Italian flavour to the buildings, people's names, the cuisine and the easy-going lifestyle.
The Old Town is the original medieval part with the Chateau Hill rising above: this is where the castle used to defend the city, now a beautiful public park with stunning views of Nice and the coast. The local language Nicoise is still reflected in the street names.
The climate is kind, not too hot in summer with mild winters: until relatively recently the 'season' for visitors to Nice was the winter.
It is short walk to the beach where you can hire loungers and parasols, with restaurants and bars situated on the beach itself during the summer months and watersports for the more energetic. It is lovely to walk along the Promenade des Anglais to watch the other people go by and to visit the Port full of pleasure boats.
There are boat trips along the coast to Cannes or St Tropez: we particularly like to go to the Iles des Lerins, little islands just off Cannes. It is short bus ride to Villefranche, Beaulieu or Cap Ferrat, a little further to Cannes, Monaco or Menton, the bus station being a short walk from the apartment.
Eze Village is a short bus ride away, perched on top of a hill with wonderful views of the coast. There are so many places to visit, we can only mention a few such as the Aquarium in Monaco (where Jacques Cousteau was based), the Matisse and Chagall museums in Nice Cimiez, the Villa Ephrussi on Cap Ferrat.
There is a lovely walk from Beaulieu to St Jean Cap Ferrat along the coast and you can continue around the Cap itself.
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11 Nov 2013
"Exceptional rental apartment."
A fantastic apartment. The reality is even better than the photographs. It's spacious, airy, very well equipped and has a full-length, sunny balcony. The ambiance is warm and generous - we felt as though we were house-guests of old friends.
The building is quiet and close to the magical Cours Saleya's daytime open-air food market and to the bustling evening restaurants. The sea is close, about ten minutes stroll. Turn left from the Cours and you can walk to the modest old sea port; turn right and you'll find the glamorous Promenade des Anglais. Both offer a fascinating walk.
Amenities are very very close to the property. Monoprix supermarket is about ten minutes walk through the old town, past a myriad of enticing shops, restaurants, bars and take-aways. There is a fresh fish market and a very busy butchers shop on the route.
This was our first visit to Nice and we loved it. The town is a great mixture of pulsating French life and traditional tourist attractions. Puzzlingly, we saw surprisingly few poor people and migrants in Nice old town, especially compared to our home area.
We'd both have loved at least another week. We've traveled extensively throughout France and Italy, by train, car and plane. This trip, via TGV was one of our best.
It has to be said, however, that arrival at the main railway station, carrying heavy luggage, was a low point. We hope the facilities are improved by, say, installing downward escalators. We would discourage car travel as impracticable.
If we're ever lucky enough to return to Nice, it'd have to be to this apartment. Barbara and Richard provide a gold star service in a first class property. We offer many thanks and an unconditional recommendation. We had a life-enhancing stay.
3 Dec 2012
"A comfortable, well equipped apartment in a fantastic location."
We had a lovely week in this apartment. The kitchen was well equipped for anyone who wanted to cook, the bed was comfortable and everything was clean. The seating in the lounge was comfortable and we made use of the CDs and books already there. No English channels on the TV, French only.
The apartment is on 5th floor, with a lift, which seems to be unusual in the Old Town. It was generally very quiet. The location was fantastic, close to lots of restaurants and bars and only a 5 minute walk to the sea and the glorious market on Cours Saleya. When we first arrived, just as it was getting dark, we thought we'd never find our way around but it was actually really easy once we got used to the tiny streets. We were provided with really good directions which helped us on the first night.
29 Nov 2012
"The apartment had everything we needed, it was comfortable, surprisingly spacious and in the perfect location"
Four of us stayed in this apartment during the Autumn half term. Richard made it so simple to find, when we arrived, with photographs guiding us all the way to the front door. The location is fantastic, right in the heart of the old town, and within easy walking distance of the sea, as well as being surrounded by wonderful cafes, bars and restaurants.
The apartment itself is clean and well equipped and was easily big enough for four of us. The balcony was lovely for breakfast and a proper sun trap, even at the end of October. Nice has plenty to offer, and although we were there for a whole week, there is still plenty more to do should we ever go back. I highly recommend both the apartment and the city.
19 Apr 2012
"Excellent situation - charming apartment."
This apartment is light and airy. The balcony is suitable for lunches. There is no traffic noise or noisy neighbours.
28 Sep 2011
"An ideal base for Vieux Nice and the Cote d'Azur"
We have been staying in this property for ten years now and still look forward to it. The accomodation is well equipped and comfortable and the South-facing balcony offers summer sun from 9 till 6. Vieux Nice is on the doorstep, with some of the best food shops in Nice a few minutes walk away and the daily market in Cours Saleya equally close. For those who wish to travel around the Cote d'Azur, this is the ideal base, with excellent train and bus connections nearby. Nice airport is 20 minutes away by a regular bus service (4euros). We strongly recommend this property.
15 Aug 2011
"Great apartment in central location in old town with sunny balcony"
Loved this apartment in Nice - it's in a central location in the old town, near plenty of restaurants but never noisy at night. There is a long balcony which we found had all day sun at the end of april - perfect for relaxing with a book. Lots of DVDs and books are available to use. Great kitchen with everything you could need, lounge with sofa and comfy chairs as well as a dining table and chairs. Good communication from owners and great value for money, would definitely recommend it.
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